When it comes to network security, it is easy for small to medium sized businesses to say “not me”, “they are only after the big guys.” The reality is that attacks on all networks have been increasing year after year as hackers have become more sophisticated, and small businesses are being affected every day by relaxed or non-existent security policies.
Cybersecurity firm Global Intelligence Network (GIN), Symantec is a respected source of data and analysis for global cybersecurity threats, trends and insights. Data from October 2016 showed the number of new malware variants seen jumped significantly. There were 96.1 million unique variants seen during the month. Symantec says that cyberthieves have been increasingly targeting small businesses over the last four years. Cyber hackers view small businesses as a soft, easy mark. Almost half of cyber-attacks worldwide, 43%, last year were against small businesses with less than 250 workers, Symantec reports.
With the ever-increasing technological advances, it is likely that this trend will continue, posing a significant risk for a potential breach, lost or stolen data, or some type of malicious threat.
There are several ways Amazing Computer Service in the El Paso / Las Cruces area helps to ensure that you are at minimum risk:
- Updates- Keeping computers and network equipment updated is one of the most effective steps to preventing a possible network security issue.
- Firewall- A common mistake in small to medium business networks is the lack of a business grade firewall solution, especially one that has protection against hijacking and ransomwear. Often business owners are unaware of the difference between having a network router and having a network firewall in place.
- Passwords- Password and password protection are proving to be an area that needs attention when discussing network security. Using sophisticated software and tools, hackers are easily gaining access to small business networks through simple or default passwords
- Antivirus/Antispam- Most people know that antivirus and antispam software are necessary components of network security, but many people don’t realize why it is so important until their computer or network is infected with a virus, malware, spyware, or a host of other potentially dangerous issues.
No matter the size of your business, network security is a definite requirement for every business in the digital age. If you are worried or unsure of where to start with an internal security audit, our team can help get you on track.